Me, Myself and I

I originally found this story on this ViralCircus list here (#20).

The story is about Braxton Bragg, a United States Army officer who became a general in the Confederate Army during the American Civil War. He was a rigid and quarrelsome man who very likely suffered from some sort of mental or personality disorder, as will be made apparent in his most famous story in which the simultaneous positions he held (as Company Commander and as Post Quartermaster) went at odds with each other.

After some further digging, I discovered this great excerpt from the Civil War trust website here.

"Ulysses S. Grant recalled in his memoirs a story about Bragg that seemed to suggest an essential need for proper procedure that bordered on mental instability. Once Bragg had been both a company commander as well as company quartermaster (the officer in charge of approving the disbursement of provisions).

"As company commander he made a request upon the company quartermaster–himself–for something he wanted. As quartermaster he denied the request and gave an official reason for doing so in writing. As company commander he argued back that he was justly entitled to what he requested. As quartermaster he stubbornly continued to persist in denying himself what he needed.

"Bragg requested the intervention of the post commander (perhaps to diffuse the impasse before it came to blows). His commander was incredulous and he declared, 'My God, Mr. Bragg, you have quarreled with every officer in the army, and now you are quarreling with yourself.'"

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